Arike Ogunbowale, a US born college basketball player of Nigerian descent, twice made the shot of a lifetime to win her team, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the NCAA championship.
Competing against the number 1-seeded Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs, Ogunbowale scored a 3-pointer with just 0.1 second to go!
Thing is – she had done it before, just 48 hours earlier.
In the semi-final match against UConn, Ogunbowale hit a 2-pointer with just 1 second left, crushing the hopes of Kobe Bryant, a UConn fan who was present.
A cold-blooded dagger to end UConn's perfect season. pic.twitter.com/RXjvoOMaCE
— ESPN (@espn) March 31, 2018
Kobe had congratulated her on her shot, and she replied: “Wow, my life is complete. The GOAT .” But he replied, saying it’s not complete until she finishes the job.
Wow, my life is complete. The GOAT 😭🙌🏾 https://t.co/91wiItW0KN
— Arike Ogunbowale (@Arike_O) March 31, 2018
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) March 31, 2018
And she did finish the job, dashing the hopes of Mississippi by making that 3-pointer at the end of the game. Easily, she was named the tournament’s most outstanding player.
ARIKE OGUNBOWALE JUST WON NOTRE DAME THE 2018 NATIONAL TITLE! pic.twitter.com/ZCNhyF1uIf
— ESPN (@espn) April 2, 2018
Arike was born in the United states to parents Gregory and Yolanda Ogunbowale. Her father, Gregory, was a footballer in Nigeria and once served in the Nigerian Army before he relocated to the United States. Her mother, Yolanda, was her grade-school basketball coach.
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